Local Doctor Doesn’t Expect His Second Novel, ‘Scalpel’s Plunge,’ to Be the End of Writing Night
Dr. Richard Brown thought about writing a novel for much of his adult life, but it wasn’t until his children grew up that he put down his surgeon’s scalpel – temporarily – to bring it to life. at its creation.
Brown describes his first novel, ‘Scalpel’s Cut,’ published in 2018, as a medical thriller that mixes a massive financial fraud plot inside a hospital with elements of the author’s day job as an orthopedic surgeon. of the hand with a 29-year-old practice in La Jolla. region. But basically, the book shed light on what it is to be a doctor.
In his new book, “Scalpel’s Plunge: End of the Party,” published in November, Brown, 61, branches out. It places the medical elements in the background and focuses on providing a wild ride for its main character, an orthopedic surgeon named Erik “VJ” Brio.
“There’s a lot more action in this book,” said Brown, who lives in Del Mar. The story takes place in locations around the world, in a fictional town in the foothills of the Sierra (inspired by Mammoth Lakes , where he also practices), in Boston in Cape Town, South Africa.
Although he is not a rock climber, he relied on the descriptions provided by his patients to create a crucial climbing scene. He used his memories of travels to South Africa and interviews with his South African patients to help bring his Cape Town scenes to life.
“Basically, I used my patients as resources, which is fun,” Brown said.
The book’s plot includes such disparate themes as the international drug trade, the Russian mafia, and life-saving treatment for Ebola. Unwittingly, VJ, the main character, is trapped by a global crime syndicate.
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Brown self-published both novels and relied on word of mouth and gave copies to family members, friends and colleagues for publicity.
The latest book is available at Amazon in print and digital format and will be published as an audio book.
Brown wanted “Scalpel’s Plunge” to be a fun beach read and not take itself too seriously. But he has a serious reason for wanting the book to do well. Proceeds from the sale of the two novels benefit Doctors Without Bordersa group that travels to war zones and poor areas to provide medical services to those in need.
Brown’s fundraising goal for “Scalpel’s Cut,” her first book, was $20,000, and it more than doubled to $44,000 through book sales and donations from her literary fans. Now he aims to raise more money with his second book.
Brown balances his writing with his full-time orthopedic practice, giving up the time he spent watching sports to work on his books. He has started a third novel and is writing treatments for his first two books as possible TV series on streaming services.
Although he enjoys his literary pursuits, he says he has no intention of changing careers.
“I love being a doctor. I love writing, but I don’t want to do it full time,” he said.
He and his wife, Ellen, have three adult children and love to ski, hike and spend time outdoors with their dogs. ◆